Celina, Texas (Custer/Outer Loop Area)
Case acceptance date: 10/29/2023
Please stay tuned to this page for all case updates! Most recent update is towards the bottom of the page
We received a tag on Facebook about a stray Black Bi Aussie in Celina, Texas who has been roaming a new construction area for several months. According to social media comments, many people have attempted to hand capture her without success. After investigating further, we found that a concerned citizen had also posted about her back in August and another before that. It is believed she has been there astray all year long of 2023.
A Good Samaritan named Haeli who works nearby has been feeding her daily for several months. We will be coordinating our efforts with Haeli.
Collin County Animal Control is pretty backed up and also short staffed so our team has agreed to take the case and capture her.
We will be deploying our team to the site tomorrow to setup a video monitored feeding station in preparation for capture.
Also please DO NOT FEED her. We need for her to eat ONLY at our feeding station.
Our Team put boots on the ground today, surveyed the area, met with Good Samaritans Haeli and Yale, and we setup a video monitored feeding station. While we were on site we got to see the dog ourselves but we kept our distance. We just ignored her and finished our tasks. It shouldn’t take her long to find our new feeding station.
On the menu today is Blue Buffalo wet dog food, fried chicken tenders, and cooked ribeye steak pieces.
💊When we observed her in person today, she was itching pretty bad frequently, so in her food today we put a Capstar medication in a pill pocket in order to kill all of her fleas. During capture we will give her a flea and tick preventative.
It didn’t take her long at all to visit our feeding station! Now we are planning her capture! Stay tuned!
Haeli replinished the feeding station as soon as she arrived in the area for work! We are extremely grateful to her for maintaining the feeding station for us pre-capture!
She returned to eat a little earlier today than yesterday which is exactly what we want! We will be setting up our corral trap late afternoon tomorrow and we will begin conditioning her for capture.
She was thirsty for fresh water!
She returned to the feeding station even earlier this morning, looking for breakfast. We were hoping to get her on a morning feeding schedule so this is excellent. Good Samaritan Haeli will be on site in a couple of hours to replenish the feeding station.
Our team will be on site later this afternoon to setup our 10’ x 10’ Corral Trap
💡When we are searching for and tracking an elusive dog and trying to lure them to a feeding station, we always put out fresh food every morning and every evening (2x day). In her case now that she is eating at the feeding station, our feeding protocol is to only feed her once per day, getting her on the schedule we want her on for capture. If she was on a starvation feeding protocol, then we would still feed her 2-3 times per day in small amounts, but she is definitely not malnourished thanks to the amazing people in the community who had been feeding her before our arrival! .
This sweet girl came and ate at the feeding station and then three hours later she came back for some water and hung out next to the bowl sunning herself for over an hour. BE STILL OUR HEARTS ❤️☺️
We arrived on site tonight and we deployed our Corral Trap in a 10’ X 10’ configuration. However, we are not going to arm the trap and capture her this evening. If she walks right in tonight without any issues, we will plan for a morning capture tomorrow.
‼️The capture process can be frightening for them and capturing her in the dark will heighten her fear. Also, some dogs require a longer decompression period inside the corral immediately post-capture and nighttime captures can sometimes prolong the decompression period, so we avoid it if we can. She is not visibly sick or injured so we have the advantage of waiting until the most optimal time. We want to lessen the psychological trauma of capture as much as possible. ♥️
This sweet girl was safely captured. She was sooooo scared at first but she started to relax as we gave her more time to decompress.
We completed two full body scans, but we did not find a microchip. We will scan her once more at the veterinary clinic.
We are transporting her to Veterinary Emergency Group in Allen for an assessment, testing, and blood work.
I Am Dog Rescue will be taking her in this evening and tomorrow morning we will be completing stray hold intake paperwork with Collin County Animal Services. She will be listed on the Collin County website as a found stray but she will remain in foster care outside of the shelter during her stray hold period. If she is not claimed by an owner/guardian within five days, legal ownership will be transferred to I Am Dog Rescue.
~ Dr. Falen & Debbie at Veterinary Emergency Group in Allen Texas ~ 11/02/2023 14:30
Labs were all normal, Haley was not anemic even though she had all those fleas originally. She is NEGATIVE for any tickborne diseases and NEGATIVE for Heartworms. We are giving her another Panacur dewormer.
Haley had a LOT of dried dirt and concrete as well as rock pebbles and small twigs stuck between her paw pads causing her pain when she walked. They were able to get all of it out and we noticed immediate relief in her. The tissues in between her paw pads were very inflamed and red, but Dr. Falen wanted to leave her paws alone and not put any ointment on them… just to let them rest and heal on their own. She also did not feel like Haley needed any pain medicine now that her paws treated. Dr. Falen said Haley was actually in great health.
Age estimated to be 1 year old. In our system we gave her a birthdate of 11/02/2022 (1 year old)
She is not spayed and she is currently in heat. She will be spayed soon and if she is early pregnant the pregnancy will be aborted during surgery.
We implanted one of our 24 PetWatch microchips. We have already processed the implant registration and already transferred the chip reg to CCAS. Once stray hold is up we will transfer the chip to I Am Dog Rescue!
Our amazing friends and rescue partner, I Am Dog Rescue (https://iamdogrescue.org) will be caring for this sweet girl overnight and we will take her to Collin County Animal Services tomorrow morning for official intake paperwork and vaccinations to satisfy state requirements. She will immediately go back into foster care to wait out her legal stray hold period. We will provide the Collin County link to her intake momentarily. Thank you so much Jessie for accepting this sweet angel into your home and to IADR for accepting her into your amazing program!
We took Haley to Collin County Animal Services this afternoon to complete her official stray intake paperwork and to get vaccinations to keep her safe. She did so well and she wasn’t bothered by it at all. Lauren and Juanita from Collin County came out to the truck to process and vaccinate her so that she didn’t have to enter the building. When we left we took her immediately back to her foster home to wait out her legal stray hold period.
LINK TO HER COLLIN COUNTY INTAKE RECORD: http://collincountytx.animalshelternet.com/stray_animal_details.cfm?AnimalUID=1070115
Haeli and Yale both played a monumental role in her capture by not only feeding her every day for the past several months but they took further acton and reached out to our team. Your relentless dedication to her safety and rescue is everything! ~ they were both over the moon that they finally got to pet her after all of these months.
She is starting to relax and come out of her shell.
Be still our hearts…. Look at her playing! 💕